How popular is the baby name Quentin in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Quentin and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Quentin.
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Today’s “Week of Int” name is Quint, which debuted in the SSA’s data in 1959 and saw peak usage in 1964:
1965: 56 baby boys named Quint [rank: 992nd]
1964: 87 baby boys named Quint [rank: 810th]
1963: 51 baby boys named Quint
1962: 13 baby boys named Quint
1961: 5 baby boys named Quint
1959: 7 baby boys named Quint [debut]
Where did it come from?
There are two answers, actually. And both have to do with secondary characters on TV Westerns.
The first fictional Quint was on Tombstone Territory (1957-1960). Deputy Quint, played by actor Quentin Charles Sondergaard, appeared in about dozen episodes of the show during the third season. This is what boosted the name onto the charts in the first place.
The second fictional Quint was on Gunsmoke (1955-1975). Quint Asper — a half-white, half-Comanche blacksmith played by a young Burt Reynolds — appeared on 50 episodes of the show from 1962 to 1965. This is when the name saw its highest-ever usage.
Quick disclaimer: Some of these names were already on the rise. Others were likely influenced by multiple pop culture events/people (not just the one listed). So I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence for yourself.
Pop culture influence: the Confederate flag debate.
Update, 5/12/16: The state-by-state data was just released. Of the 83 baby girls named Rebel, 12 were born in Texas, 9 in California, 8 in Arkansas and 6 in Oklahoma. Of the 45 boys, 7 were born in Texas and 5 in Tennessee.
Two momentous things happen every year on December 2. First, Britney Spears celebrates her birthday. (Happy b-day, Brit-Brit!) Second, NBN kicks off another round of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
Which baby names will see significant movement on the baby name charts in 2015 thanks to popular culture (television, music, movies, sports, current events, products/advertising, video games, etc.)? Comment below with your guesses. Don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
Here are a few to start us off:
Adaline – the movie The Age of Adaline was released in April
Arlo – the movie The Good Dinosaur was released in November
Atticus – the book Go Set a Watchman was released in July
Bernie – Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign in May
In the Danish fairy tale “Tommelise” (1835) by Hans Christian Andersen, Tommelise is a tiny girl who has adventures with a toad, a butterfly, some stag beetles, a field mouse, a mole, a swallow, and finally a tiny prince.
In the earliest English translations of “Tommelise” the main character is renamed Little Ellie, Little Totty, and Little Maja. It wasn’t until 1864 that translator Henry W. Dulcken came up with the name Thumbelina.
(Both names, Tommelise and Thumbelina, were probably influenced by the name of folklore character Tom Thumb.)
Now for the important question: Have any babies ever been named Thumbelina?
Yes, at least a few dozen.
One example is Fabiola Thumbelina Blonigen, born in Minnesota in 1935. She was mentioned in the book Big Pants, Burpy and Bumface…and Other Totally True Names! by Russell Ash. (Her 5 siblings also had interesting names: Elaine Enid, Fabian Adrian, Quentin Phillip, Verdi Georgio and Twyla Delilah.)
Most of the Thumbelinas I’ve found were born in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The parents of these babies were likely inspired by the song “Thumbelina” sung by Danny Kaye in the movie musical Hans Christian Andersen (1952).
Believe it or not, “Thumbelina” was one of the nominees for Best Original Song at the 25th Academy Awards.
The most interesting Thumbelina name-combo I’ve spotted so far? “Tiny Thumbelina.” It was given to a North Carolina baby born in 1969.
So what do you think of Thumbelina as a baby name?
And, bonus question: At the end of the original fairy tale, the prince tells Tommelise [pron. tom-meh-lee-seh] that he doesn’t like her name. “It’s an ugly name, and you are so beautiful.” So he gives her a new one: Maja [pron. mie-ah]. Which name do you prefer, Tommelise or Maja?